Ian and Judith Judd recently completed a 500 mile+ trip in their 1930 MG Midget (MG 703) travelling from their home in Leeds to Dorset, via a stop-over in Gloucestershire for the Pre-war Prescott event, before returning to Yorkshire just a couple of days later. Ian is a long-term advocate of the comfort afforded by Moseley Float-on-air seat cushions, although he did complain that by the end of the journey the car seemed narrower than he remembered! The fully laden Midget is seen here parked-up in Cirencester, Glos.
Joe Rayner has an eye for a photo. This time it is a water mill at Castlegrace in South Tipperary with the Great Sugar Loaf (501 metres) in the Wicklow Mountains appearing as it it were a roof extension above the mill owner’s property. ZV 83581, Joe’s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater is seen in the foreground.
The venue for the Network’s 2022 rally has been finalised. It will be based upon Suffolk’s only fully functional water mill at Pakenham from where both the Saturday and Sunday tours will commence. The rally is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 10th-12th June. Further details will be published as they become available.
The pandemic has meant that using pre-war cars over the past 18 months was either banned entirely or frowned upon for the engagement in such a trivial pursuit at a time of national crisis. Trivial it may be, but the mental health benefits gleaned by meeting old friends and being out in the countryside cannot be underestimated. Here, a small possee of pre-war cars and their crews are seen outside of the USAAF 453rd Bombardment Group Museum at Old Buckenham, Norfolk following a Networkers’ pub meet run-out.
Hats and old cars are almost as closely associated as strawberries and cream in the English psyche. When you add a dash of late summer sunshine and a hill to climb the inevitable result can be seen in the face of this passenger seated in John Haine’s 1932 MG M Type (OY 1548), as seen at Pre-war Prescott recently.
The hobby of pre-war motoring is for the most part, great fun. Many gain the greatest pleasure from wielding spanners and oil cans while for others the simple act of driving these pieces of motoring history produces the broadest grins. These images, one taken at the recent Pre-war Prescott event and the other at the Far Eastern pub meet fall into the latter category where grins were ten-a-penny.
The Grimsthorpe Speed Trials near Bourne in Lincs has its origins in the early part of the twentieth century, although its re-introduction is a recent ocurrence. On 28th August Networker Phil Parry-Jones entered his 1933 Morris Minor Two-seater (BG 1905) and finished 3rd of six competitors in Class F, recording a time of 38 seconds. It’s believed that at least .0003 seconds of that time was due to the the wearing of streamlined bone domes.
1934 Morris Minor Saloon (839 XUN) may have lost its original registration but it is clearly cherished by Syd Perks, its owner. (No, not the former landlord of The Bull in Ambridge) The Network’s archive recorded that the car was sold on eBay in 2017 although little else is known. This excellent professionally taken image was found via an internet search.
Paul Brigden from South Bucks has owned his 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (FL 7665) for a little over four years, although domestic and work circumstances have prevented him from making a serious start on his project. With those matters now in hand he is keen to get his renovation under way and will be utilising the expertise of the website’s forum members to speed him on his journey
One of the Network’s recently reinstated pub meets took place on 17th August at the Stepping Stones Inn, Westhumble, Surrey. Organisor Kenneth Allen reports that “…We welcomed a ‘New Recruit’ Chris Bourgeois (Blue MG) and were particularly delighted to see Alasdair Maclean, who had traveled all the way up from Bridport, Dorset to be with us. Alasdair is taking a break from sailing round the World and hopes to be with us again at our next Meeting, before resuming his epic voyage in September.” Bon voyage for next month Alasdair!
This 1933 Morris Minor Two-seater (AFZ 323) is well known within pre-war Minor circles, having been owned in the past by members Alister Reid and Roger Lucke. It was recently sold and is now in the custodianship of Edward Coleman from Sidmouth, Devon. It’s seen here making its Devon show debut at Bicton Gardens, near Exmouth.
On 12th August 1931 A.W. Van der Becke piloted a specially adapted and supercharged S.V. Morris Minor over a flying measured mile at Brooklands at 100.39 mph. This was undertaken under the pretext of testing the capabilities of a new Morrisoil variant under extreme conditions. In reality it was the first element in a two stage publicity stunt which would enable Morris Motors to boast that their £100 car could also exceed 100 mph. The second stage, which took place over a specially selected 9.9 mile road circuit some two months later involved the same car being driven at an average speed of 15.5 mph where it covered a distance of 107.4 miles on a single gallon of benzole. Both of these tests were carried out under the auspices of the RAC, this body issuing confirmationary reports afterwards. Morris Motors could then lay claim in their advertising material to marketing a car that cost just £100 but when modified could also achieve 100 mph and 100 mpg.
After being laid-up for half a century in Scotland, Birmingham registered 1932 Minor Family Eight (OJ 1041) has now covered 100 miles since its ‘oilyrag’ renovation by owner Rick Osborne. While a running-in trip back to its place of registration is highly unlikely, perhaps an extended trip to one of Scotland’s beauty spots for a photo opportunity could double that total in a single day!
Further images have been added The Marches Rally Gallery courtesy of Philip Butland. Find them at the foot of this page. Here, John Paternoster’s 1929 Tourer (SV 9091) starts the long climb from the floor of a Welsh valley with Peter Yates 1933 Saloon (LV 975) further up the incline. (Photo: Philip Butland)
How do you inspire a new generation to begin to love mid-twentieth century technology alongside that of their iPad, mobile phone and Playstation? It appears that the way to go is to provide them with an unforgettable experience or two as demonstrated here by (top) Phil Parry-Jones who transported his young grand children inside his twenties Bullnose Morris, while Andy Brown engaged the services of his Talbot Ten tourer to act as the limosine in which to take a group of young male teenagers to their school prom.
A new name is beginning to appear regularly in VSCC competition reports, that of Rebecca Smith. Rebecca drives an aluminium clad 1929 Morris Minor Special (VR 4152). Look out for that name and her Minor at a VSCC speed event near you! MM 9326, (bottom) otherwise known as Wilson’s Wasp is another example of the genre. The car is now very close to completion although it is not known if its owner Geof Wilson will compete in his all red Wasp?!
This beautiful 1930 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon is now available to purchase. Norfolk registered VG 2007 is one among a comparatively very small number of surviving Fabric Saloons and is probably the closest in terms of originality to those that left the Morris Motors factory at Cowley ninety years ago. The car was meticulously restored in Holland by enthusiast Halbe Tjepkema and is being offered for sale by Tony Gamble. Full details can be found on the website’s forum here.
This slightly disconcerting image of Mick Roberts kneeling inside the engine bay of £100 Minor prototype (JO 764) was taken to celebrate him becoming the recipient for 2021 of the Network’s premier award, the Harry Edwards Trophy. Mick rescued JO 764 from a North Devon theme park in 2019 and is now well on the way to completing a meticulous restoration.
Over the recent rally weekend the Welsh hills were alive with the sound of squeeling brakes as John Paternoster‘s Minor Tourer (SV 9091), seen at the front of this three car convoy, attempted to arrest the downhill progress of a fully laden vehicle. Thankfully, despite enthusiastically warming to their task, the brakes did the job their Morris design engineers intended. (Photo: Norma Lambert)
The Network’s highly successful ‘non-rally’ held along the English/Welsh border tested the vehicles taking part to the full. Here, Ken Martin’s 1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon sits atop Penrhiw-wen, some 1600 feet above sea level at the head of the Elan Valley with spectacular views in all directions.
The area bordering the counties of Powys and Herefordshire was buzzing with the sound of Minor and Hornet engines over the weekend as Network members took to the lanes running through the hilly region known as the Welsh Marches. Here, 1929 Minor Tourer driver Janie Maeers, along with Geof Wilson tackle such an incline with their pet dog ‘Tickle’, who can be seen keeping a sharp lookout for marauding rabbits. Many more images from the weekend to be found here:
It is a very rare occurrence for two Special Coupes to feature here consecutively. This one (1932 Morris Minor Special Coupe AJ-503-VY) has found a home in France and may well be the former KJ 7159, last seen by Tony Gamble at Thoresby in 2009. This photo was found on a French Facebook site by Mike Tebbett
For those interested in acquiring a pre-war Morris Minor and are seeking something a little out of the ordinary, then this car may well fit the bill. ANO 741 is a 1934 season Morris Minor Special Coupe and has only recently come onto the market. It’s priced at £12,495 and further details can be found on our forum.
Kenneth Allen is not new to Morris Minors having owned three 1934 Saloons at various points in his life. He is however new to the open-top variety and has just purchased OSL 976, a 1933 Minor Two-seater, in order that he can at last experience ‘wind-in-the-hair’ motoring on the lanes and byways around his Surrey home. However, ‘open-top’ motoring for some Networkers’ is no guarantee of achieving the same goal!
The Network’s 11th annual rally based in Titley, Herefordshire is now just a month away. Preparations are ongoing across the country to ensure that cars are serviced and ready to tackle the routes through the Welsh Marches as planned by hosts Tony & June Adlard. Here, 1930 Morris Minor Semi-Sports (VJ 3156) completed a proving run through the Suffolk countryside following its annual service.
Alex Osborne owns OJ 1041 and has done so for almost 50 years. Most of that time his 1932 Morris Minor Family Eight model has been off the road awaiting refurbishment. The lockdown periods of the ongoing pandemic providing some of the impetus to press-on with its oilyrag renovation. The end result can be seen here, the car visiting a filling station for the first time in 46 years!
A photo that in pre-covid times would be cause for little or no comment, perhaps it would even be considered as mundane. Now, meeting up with old friends and chatting almost face to face is exciting and even a little scary. This was a scene from the recent ‘Far Eastern’ pub meet with farmer Dudley Stammers (camera in hand) in deep agricultural discussion with Mike Summers, while other halves Barbara (right) and Rachel, consider the differing aesthetic appeal of the ’32 and ’33 Minor radiator surrounds.
There was a magnificent turnout of ten cars for the Network’s Spring Pub Meet which was centred upon The Crosskeys pub in Redgrave, Suffolk. The meet commenced at 10-30 AM before those attending set out on a 30 mile circular tour around the villages and byways of the surrounding area, before returning for a long awaited catch-up and lunch. Here, the returning crews await service from the bar!
Thanks to the good offices of Network member Joe Rayner, Clive Walker‘s 1931 S.V. Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (JA 1614) now has an engine that runs once again, his Minor having been laid-up for an extended period. To complicate matters, Clive lives on the UK mainland while Joe resides in Ireland, requiring the use of the art of remote (via email) fettling. This entailed Clive wielding the spanners having received his written instructions from 400 kilometres away. Clive writes “At last I have been able to get my Minor out of the garage, thanks to that genius Joe Rayner.” Take a bow Joe!
It is a fact that South Devon is a magnet to tourists throughout the spring and summer months, while those who reside there can enjoy its charm and beauty all year round. Henry Harvey lives adjacent to the town of Dartmouth and captured this image of his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (VX 7312) on Bayards Quay recently.
This unusual 1931 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (HX 7447) was spotted in Argyllshire displaying its owner’s political allegiance, presumably for the forthcoming Scottish Assembly elections. While the bottom half of the car has a gloss finish, the upper section has been covered in a black vinyl, a very smart option.
After an extended period of inactivity the website is once again functioning as it should. There is plenty of news with which to catch-up, including some excellent images from last weekend’s VSCC Herefordshire Trial. Here, David Rolfe pilots his 1931 MG Midget Riley engined special (VU 7908) over some testing terrain, captured through the camera lens of noted photographer Phil Jones.
While much of Europe remains under strict lockdown regulations, there has been some easing across the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic. Joe Rayner‘s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (ZV 83851) is seen here on a short foray away from base to Lackandarra Upper, County Waterford, where the imposing Monavullagh Mountains can be seen in the background.
While the Easter weather has been bitterly cold over the whole of the U.K., the weather in the run-up to the holiday period was significantly better. This, along with a relaxation of the covid regulations provided further opportunities for some vintage motoring.
Top: Stuart Clarke’s 1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (WD 1430) Bottom left: Dan Brockway’s 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (MV 6416) Bottom right: Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (UN 6979)
This 1928 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (SK 1508) is one of the oldest surviving examples of the model with a well documented history. It’s currently in pristine condition and has just been offered for sale at £11500. Further information, including two files recording its known history and a detailed log of work carried out by the present owner can be found on this website’s Discussion Forum here.
The weather in late March throughout parts of the U.K. has been most unseasonal, with glorious sunshine, and temperatures in the low twenties. Some members, including the owners of these cars have taken the opportunity to get the oil circulating once again around engines that have lain dormant for many months. However, the first few days of April are set to get significantly colder with snow forecast for some on Easter Monday. So this was a case of make hay…
Clockwise: Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979), Adrian Tyldesley’s 1930 Minor Fabric Saloon (FH 7004), Jonathan Barwick’s 1933 Minor Two-seater (RSJ 615) and finally Mick Robert’s 1934 Morris 25 (JT 667)
The imminent first stage easing of Covid restrictions in England has led to a perceptable increase in garage related activities among Networkers in recent days. With the prospect of temperatures in the mid-teens (and even higher) in the week ahead, the lure of a trip out has even resulted in some members resorting to openly washing their cars in public. Here, the tell-tale bucket and the soapy water covering this 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (AAO 426) reveal that Adrian Tyldesley is one such networker.
This 1931 season Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (BF 9470 ex NG 50) was in serious danger of being broken up as the owner no longer had the garage space in which to keep it. Haydon Edwards heard of its plight through the VMR and purchased the car over the weekend. Hayden intends to restore the car as soon as circumstances permit.
The (almost) springlike weather here in the U.K. was enough to tempt two Minorists to take to the byways in order to collect their groceries. The Gregory’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) can be seen ‘resting’ in the Somerset countryside with Glastonbury Tor in the distant background, while Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979) takes shelter from the biting wind in the lea of a Bedfordshire hedgerow for its photo opportunity stop.
It’s time for a little optimism. The days are getting longer, summer beckons and we all need something to look forward to. The Network’s annual rally is scheduled for the weekend of 9th – 11th July and just a few spaces remain available. Take a look at what’s in store here and begin planning a long weekend away in some stunning countryside. You are guaranteed a warm welcome. (Photo Kate Martin)
If things go according to plan, by mid-May (in England) we could all legally re-commence using our cars. By then, the best of the spring blossom will be on display, the days will be much longer and the sun will have considerably more warmth than at present. This 2008 photo was taken in the leafy Surrey suburb of Ewell, and has captured the Morris Minor Two-seaters, owned at that time by Alister Reid (UXG 289) and Mike Cameron (HX 3252), basking in the spring sunshine. In just ten weeks time we could be doing the same…(photo Alister Reid)
The English covid restriction road map will permit the go-ahead of limited outdoor gatherings after 17th May. In view of that recent announcement the Network is planning to hold a series of pub meets across England, the first of which has been confirmed as taking place on Sunday 23rd May at the Starwing Brewery in Redgrave, Suffolk. Timings and itinerary will follow shortly, as will detail concerning further meets as they are confirmed.
After last year’s covid hiatus it’s worth reminding ourselves why rallying is such fun. Not only do we get to drive our ninety year old vehicles on roads ideally suited to them while viewing some stunning countryside, we also get to meet-up once again with friends we haven’t seen for a while. This image was taken at the 2014 Network rally which was based in Cavendish, Suffolk. Here, cars and crews are seen assembling and socialising in an orchard immediately prior to setting off for the commencement of the Saturday tour. Please note that the 2021 Pre-war Minor Network Rally has been rescheduled and is now due to take place over the weekend of 9th-11th July. It’s not too late to join us – more information and a booking form are available here.
Unfortunately, the enduring effects of the coronavrus pandemic has led to the enforced postponement of the Network’s annual rally for a second successive year. The very good news is that it was only necessary to move the rally weekend back by one month, the new dates being 9th – 11th July 2021. Those of you who have confirmed entries will receive an email from rally host Tony Adlard shortly, while those wishing to join us can do so by using the booking form on the the rally page here.
Stuart Cooke is the current custodian of the McEvoy Minor prototype (SV7012 – RC 300). This famous Minor has led a chequered post war life, with large gaps in its history. Having been seperated from its original registration, the car is currently registered at the DVLA as 7360 TU and is slowly being restored by Stuart. A ‘Minor Musings‘ article featuring the car is due to appear in the March 2021 edition of Morris Monthly.
The Sammy Miller Museum in the New Forest, Hants played host to the Network’s 2012 Forester Rally. Here, the Garry Waiting owned Semi-Sports replica heads up a trio of similarly bodied cars all awaiting the signal for the ‘off’ at the start of the Sunday morning coastal tour. Mike Taylor‘s Austin Heavy Twelve can be seen in the background as can John Paternoster‘s Minor Tourer.
Phil Parry-Jones has owned BG 1915, his 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater, for fifty years. Despite the car’s diminutive size, his wife and two-children used the Minor as holiday transport back in the seventies. After a long lay-off, and having acquired an earlier radiator and wings along the way, the car is now once again roadworthy as can be seen above (left).
Featuring here for the second time in just a few days is 1930 Morris Minor CMS Super Sport special (UY 8391). It’s restoration now complete, the car was taking part in the July 2008 VMR Rally, the Saturday tour route taking-in a number of the numerous WWII airfield memorials located in Norfolk and Suffolk. This memorial, to be found at Knettishall, Suffolk honoured those who had lost their lives while serving with the 388 Bomb Group of the USAAF and were based at the adjacent airfield. This photo was taken by Roger Lucke who at that time was the car’s custodian.
The pandemic has caused the wholesale postponement or cancellation of complete programs of motor sporting events. The Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) has been particularly hard-hit with just a handful of the scheduled events being able to take place in 2020, while the immediate prospects for 2021 are looking little better. One of the first casualties of this calendar year was the traditional year-start Brooklands Driving Tests, which was due to be held on Sunday 31st January, although hope remains that it could still be rescheduled for later in the year. Here, Clive Hamilton-Gould manhandles his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325) on a part of the former racing circuit’s Start and Finish Straight at the January 2016 running of this event.
The late Harry Edwards was something of a legend in the pre-war Morris world and come to that, remains so. This photo of the ex-Morris Register historian appeared in the Auto Express magazine in 1990. His 1930 CMS Minor Special (UY 8391) was eventually finished and sold at auction to Network member Roger Lucke around the turn of the millenium. It has subsequently found a home in the Butland family on the English south coast. (Image courtesy of Toby Sears)
These highly sought-after open four-seater models appear infrequently. This one has been in the same ownership for some considerable time and is now in the hands of a Warwickshire dealer. Morris Minor Tourer (KX 2397) was first registered in Buckinghamshire in April 1929. Full details can be found on the carandclassic website here as well as this website’s forum. (Click the arrowhead on the image above to watch a YouTube video of the car)
Harry Edwards, the former Morris Register Historian, died in September 2010. He left behind a mountain of material in the form of books, articles, a handwritten register of surving cars and countless notes. Much of this material continues to be referenced on a daily basis by Morris enthusiasts from around the world. A small part of that legacy are these sketches of Morris Minor specials, drawn over 50 years ago for publication in the Morris Register’s quarterly ‘Bulletin‘ and used to illustrate a series of articles on the topic.
The view upon lifting the bonnet of every Morris Minor engine will reveal many subtle differences, one engine to the next. Few under-bonnet views will resemble that to be seen in Morris handbooks, with differing routes for pipework, non-standard float chambers on carburettors, the use of modern plug leads, the location of the manufacturer’s plate along with a host of other trivia. While to some these anomolies annoy and irritate, to others they simply represent practical pragmatism.
The £175 Morris Minor Special Coupe was the most expensive factory produced Morris Minor by some margin. A 1995 article from the Classic & Sportscar magazine will shortly be uploaded to the website explaining why these Coupes were so popular among the car manufacturers, while less so among the buying public.
Following the announcement of the latest English national lockdown, the VSCC have postponed the Brooklands Driving Tests event that was due to take place later this month. Club Chairman Paul Tunnicliffe comments “… these will not go ahead in January, although we are hoping that they can run later in the year.” This photo was taken during scrutineering for the 2019 event, with Paul Compton’s 1934 Wolseley Hornet Aerees Special (ACJ 154) well to the fore, behind which is Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325).
Gerhard Wedenig fom Untersiggenthal, Switzerland own’s this striking 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (AG 128 827). Gerhard had been experiencing clutch problems on his car and turned to the members of this website’s Discussion Forum for help. Practical advice and tangible assistance was provided, most notably by Joe Rayner from Ireland, who repaired the Minor’s clutch ‘fingers’ and constructed a tool to aid the setting-up of the clutch upon re-installation. The parts were then mailed to Gerhard over the Christmas period, who reports that the car has recently successfully completed a test run. A fine example of European co-operation.
The beautiful City of Napier in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand hosts an annual art deco festival which includes a vintage car show that takes place in the city centre. Here network member, David Gardiner’s Minor special is seen parked up in the city on February 22nd this year, at a time when thankfully New Zealand was free of covid19.
Jonathan Barwick‘s 1933 Morris Minor RSJ 615 (Formerly JO 5914) is seen here parked outside St. Peter’s Church in Pirton, Worcs. This beautiful historic building was erected in the early part of the thirteenth century and is one of five timber framed churches to be found in the county. Seven centuries after St. Peter’s was constructed, Morris Motors continued the timber framing tradition, employing ash to build the frames for their Minor bodies. Read more here: https://nickjoycearchitects.co.uk/project/st-peters-church-pirton/
Janie Maeers owns 1929 Morris Minor Tourer VJ 1756, pictured here while attending a VSCC race meeting at Mallory Park, Leics, not too far distant from her home near Market Harborough. It’s hoped that many more old car events will take place in 2021, including the Network’s annual rally in the Welsh Marches next June
Chris Hipwood was awarded the Harry Edwards Trophy for his beautiful restoration of this 1934 Minor Saloon BPA 588. Unlike his trophy, his Minor doesn’t sit on a pedestal simply to be admired, his car is used, even in the depths of winter. It’s seen here on top of Stoopers Hill, above the nearby village of Coombe St. Nicholas, which nestles in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Coombe St. Nicholas is of course well known as a favoured fodder refueling point for S. Claus’s reindeer, come 24th December each year.
Climbing Prescott’s famous hill is an appropriate car is a memorable experience. Here, Roger Burnett tests his mettle and that of his 1931 MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe (GG 3949) as they get towards the end of the 1,128 yard course while attending the Pre-war Prescott event in July 2019. (Photo: Chris Lambert)
Another two Minors have recently found new homes. Adrian Tyldesley from Chorley, Lancs has acquired his second Minor in just under two months with the addition of 1934 Two-seater (AAO 426) to that of his 1930 Fabric Saloon FH 7004. On the other side of the globe in South Australia, Bryan Dunning has bought this 1933 lwb Minor Two-seater (RAA-033) and is about to start rebuilding the car.
Exponents of pre-war trials, sprints, hill-climbs and rallies have suffered withdrawal symptons for the past nine months as the vintage motoring calendar was decimated by the fallout from the pandemic. The VSCC have managed to stage a few events, albeit without spectators, the latest of these being their Winter Driving Tests which were held on 5th December at Bicester Heritage Centre. Here, India Walker was photographed negotiating one of the test sections in the family’s 1931 Morris Minor Two-seater TM 8687 (Agnes). The Walker family car wasn’t the only Minor taking part, with Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Tourer DG 325 also flying the flag for the model. Photo: Courtesy Phil Jones
This superb image of Arie Roest’s Hornet Special, entered by his wife Tineke is the winner of our 2020 Photograph Of The Year Competition. The competition was adjudicated by a team from Motorsports Images (the competition’s sponsor), led by their Director of Photo Collections – Kevin Wood. Tineke has now won the competition twice, while her husband Ari is also a previous winner of the LAT Plate.
Of all the Morris Minor saloon variants, the Fabric Saloon has the fewest survivors. Built in large numbers, particularly in 1929, their bodies were more prone to the ravages of time and weather than their steel skinned counterparts, hence their scarcity today. It is all the more gratifying to now find a quartet of these models in the hands of active Network members. So come on Adrian, Garry, Tony and Dave, perhaps it’s time to establish a new sub-section, with a view to all meeting up at the 2021 rally in Herfordshire! Now that would be a magnificent sight!
How many vintage car motoring enthusiasts would load a suitcase onto the luggage rack and set off for a weeks family holiday in their pre-war pride and joy? Very few is the likely answer, particularly with the density of traffic to be found on Britain’s roads between the end of July and early September each year. Clearly, thirty years ago things weren’t quite so bad, as that prospect didn’t put off Ken and Kate Martin who took their young family on such a trip back in 1990. Their Minor is a 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590). Photo: Ken Martin
The ending of the English lockdown in early December won’t precipitate a mass unlocking of garage doors for the majority of vintage car owning motorists. The prospect of driving along muddy lanes will ensure that most cars remain tucked away for the duration of the winter months. After all, it’s not as if the cars weren’t designed for motoring in the wet! Here, Simon Hodgins bucks this trend and can be seen traversing a very damp Cotswold lane in his late 1931 Jensen Minor Special (EC 9783). Admittedly, this photo was taken in the month of July, while car and crew were taking part in the 2009 VMR Rally, but if you need a vintage motoring ‘fix’, be brave…
The early entries for the Network’s 2020 POTY Competition can now be found on the competition’s webpage here. The rules for entry can also be found on the same page, so please dig out your favourite image(s) of your Minor, Midget or Hornet and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Entry is free and the top twelve images will adorn the pages of our 2021 calendar!
Phil Parry-Jones needed a vehicle to assist him drag away the severed boughs from a fallen riverside willow. Without a Land Rover to hand, Phil turned to his trusty 1933 Minor Two-seater (BG 1915), a car that’s been in the family for around fifty years, which of course then completed the task with the minimum of fuss!
With full lockdown imminent in England and severe restrictions in place elsewhere across the UK, those of you still intending to submit a new photo of your car for the Network’s Photograph Of The Year Competition had better get your skates on! The winning entry will adorn the front cover of our 2021 calendar. There is still time for that entry to be yours!
Having gone to ground for almost five years, 1934 Minor Two-seater BPB 357, the car previously owned by former member Andrew Batey, has resurfaced. Its new custodian Paul Ellis, lives not too far from the car’s birthplace and will hopefully be seen out and about in his very recent acquisition shortly. Congratulations Paul!
The Network’s 2020 Photograph of the Year competition is now open to entries, while the competition rules and entry instructions can be found under a red button on the homepage’s header (above) or via this link here. If you have a favourite image of your Minor, Hornet or Midget then please consider entering our competition, you never know, the adjudicators may agree with you. The top twelve images will adorn the pages of the Network’s 2021 calendar which will be published in early December, just in time for it to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree as a surprise present for your wife/partner/husband, although be prepared to duck. (Photo – Arthur Bell 2014)
Tighter covid restrictions have meant that even small gatherings such as our local pub meets have had to be put on ice for the time being. Let’s hope that come the spring of 2021 we will be able to meet up again with fewer constraints on our behaviour! This photo was taken in October 2010 at an autumn meet in Redgrave, Suffolk.
This 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater was built at the tail-end of 1933. In December 1952 it was exported to Denmark to join an already large native contingent of pre-war Minors. However, in 1953 it was sold to a German customer (Gunther Schott) who lived in Bad Nauheim, in the Taunus region. He kept the car for many years, even joining the Morris Register for a short period in the eighties. In 2014 it was sold on to Bernard Deifenbach who has recently passed the car onto Peter Brodt. It was Peter who provided this information along with the news that the car is now undergoing an exstensive renovation. Please keep us posted Peter.
For many pre-war Minor owners, our cars generally see the light of day when the sun shines. Not so with Howard Annetts. He took his 1929 Tourer (UR 4361) on a shopping expedition over the weekend, at a time when squalls and strong winds were battering parts of the country. He reports that thankfully, his hood is waterproof.
All seven of these photos have previously been voted the Network’s Photograph of the Year in our annual pre Christmas competition. For 2020 the competition will be run in November, the top 12 entries, as ajudged by a team from our sponsors Motorsport Images, will then appear in the club’s calendar which will subsequently be available for purchase in the weeks preceding the Christmas holidays. If you have a favourite image of your pre-war Morris Minor, MG Midget or Wolseley Hornet then please consider entering our competition. Entry is free and you can enter right now by submitting upto a maximum of three photos (high resolution please) to email@example.com
Two Network members have both decided to sell their S.V. Morris Minor Minor Saloons. They are Kenneth Allen, owner of DG 8657, a 1934 model and Dan Brockway who is current custodian of MV 6416, a sliding-head 1932 version. Further details can be found on the Network’s Discussion Forum here.
The 4th October 2020 was to have seen an assembly of pre-war cars at the Star Wing Brewery in Redgrave, Suffolk, prior to a 45 mile tour of some local landmarks. Like so many other motoring social gatherings this year, the event had to be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by H.M. Government. This photo was taken almost four years ago to the day when a record sixteen cars arrived at the Manor House, Wortham for the Network’s autumn Far Eastern Pub Meet.
This beautifully rebuilt Wolseley Hornet March Special (SM 9551) was first registered in Dumfries, Scotland in 1932. The body was designed by Freddie (Earl of) March and originally constructed by coachbuilders John Charles of Kew. In more recent times it was owned by Anthony Hamilton, father of six-times Formula One World Champion, Lewis. The vendor claims that the Hornet develops 45 BHP, will reach 75 MPH and is currently advertised for sale on the carandclassic website here.
GU 1342 started life as a 1929 Morris Minor Tourer. After many years of neglect it was purchased circa 2002 in a disassembled state by the late David Roscoe, who then commissioned well known MG body builder Dave Cooksey, to restore the running gear and build a replica Semi-Sports body. The end result can be seen here in this 3rd April 2005 photo which was taken over the LC&ES Welsh weekend during Sunday’s trial. Here David Roscoe takes a firm grip of the steering wheel while Dave Cooksey braces himself as car and occupants are about to attempt to negotiate a particularly steep and technical observed section.
Alistair Bond took this photo of his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) beside the Loughor Estuary on his way home to Swansea shortly after visiting his mother in Llanelli. Both locations are about to endure a two-week lockdown following sharp rises in covid 19 cases, so this trip out in his Minor may be Alistair’s last for a while.
Of late, the southern part of the UK has (for the most part) been bathed in glorious late summer sunshine. The warm air tempted a number of Minorists to take to the road, including Ali Bond (1930 Semi-Sports IA 9142), Toby Sears (1933 Saloon YG 2017), Martin Gregory (1931 Coachbuilt Saloon UF 7090) and Trevor Wilkinson (1934 Two-seater UN 6979)
John & Sue Welsh from Northumberland have owned this unique 1930 Morris Minor special (VK 2726) for many years. Unfortunately, the engine recently suffered a broken piston and conrod and efforts are currently underway via the website’s forum to find suitable replacements in order to effect its repair.
Former member Jeremy Evans had almost finished the body tub of the Mulliner Minor special he constructed between 2014 and 2015, before deciding to sell it due to registration concerns with the DVLA. The body is still out there and rests upon another chassis that has a legitimate matching frame number and V5C document. Jeremy’s craftsmanship deserves to see the light of day…
Eight years ago (September 2012) a group of Minorists met-up for a tour of the lanes and byways around the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray. Here Brian Maeers in his 1930 Minor Tourer (PG 5664-Dorothy) heads up a procession of four Minors passing through an avenue of trees, all on their way to make a surprise call at one of Brian’s friends for afternoon tea!
The best part of 400 miles separate the locations at which these two images were taken. Haydon Edwards owns the Minor Two-seater (XVV 334), this photo being taken at St. Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Weir, the car being on a proving run after an extensive two-year rebuild. Dorset resident Dan Brockway is the current custodian of 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416), this dusk photo being taken somewhere deep in the county’s rural countryside.
The Isle of Ely is famous for its magnificent cathedral and was, as it full name suggests, once surrounded by fenland water. Ted Coney’s 1931 SV Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (PL 9309) is a regular attendee at local events and although not quite as well known as the cathedral, has been photographed alongside many local civic dignatories, including the city’s mayor.
Peter Brock and Ali Bond have both been using their Minors to take extended trips into the North East England and Mid-Wales countryside respectively. Peter’s 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463) was photographed in the village of Belsay, Northumberland outside of a small car repair business, housed in its original 100 year old premises. Alistair meanwhile had journeyed from his home on the coast into the Welsh countryside with his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142), along with a group of ‘old car’ friends. It looks as if a pub stop was on their itinerary!
The meteorological start to the northern hemisphere autumn was Tuesday 1st September – so our already short covid hit driving season has only a few more weeks left to run before the bad weather will curtail our excursions. The Network intends to run its 2020 Photograph-of-the-year (POTY) competition in November this year, so there remain just a few short weeks to capture that winning photo. It’s time to dust off the camera!
Joachim Barnett and his brother are rebuilding their father’s 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (TJ 4258) with an aim to have the car in a roadworthy condition by the summer of 2021. The Minor has been off the road for many years and the hope is that their mother will enjoy a ride out in a car with which she was very familiar, back in the day.
Racing circuits are not places you would normally associate with pre-war Morris Minors. Member Dudley Stammers however farms land adjacent to the Snetterton circuit in East Harling, Norfolk and regularly attends meetings when vintage cars are present. This photo of his 1933 Minor Two-seater (KFF 165) was taken at the VSCC sponsored event, held on 29th September 2013.
Tim Stubbs, a team member of a group based in Burton-on-Trent who are restoring 1932 Minor 5 cwt van (PJ 7901), reports that the covid 19 pandemic has almost completely halted work on the car, this due to the government guidelines on social distancing. Much further south in north east London, the outbreak has produced a more positive result, with the SV £100 Minor prototype JO 764’s owner Mick Roberts being able to concentrate his (solo) energies on the car’s rebuild while ‘shielding’. It’s certainly looking good!
There is nothing glamorous about the pre-war Morris Minor, it was designed, much like the donkey, to be a Jack-of-all-trades, built to convey its owners to work and on the occasional leisure trip. As can be seen, Joe Rayner‘s animals are not just pets, they also serve a very useful purpose as lawnmowers. Trevor Wilkinson’s Minor Two-seater was one of the last of the breed, which by 1934 meant customers could expect refinements such as leather seats and trafficators. The donkey however continues in production unchanged.
East Anglia is regarded as the U.K.’s ‘breadbasket’, as many thousands of acres are devoted to arable farming. Despite it being early August, much of the 2020 cereal harvest has already been gathered. This photo of Morris Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) was taken five years ago in South Norfolk just prior to that season’s wheat crop being harvested. In years past this would not have happened until late August or early September. Climate change or improved farming methods? IA 9142 now resides some 200 miles to the west in South Wales, in the custodianship of Alistair Bond.
Topiary is a skill for which the exponent is rarely short of material upon which to practice. However skilful the ‘artist’, the end result is not necessarilly pleasing on the eye, much like all other forms of art. Judge for yourself with these two examples of the genre captured by Bob Howden (1932 MG Midget JY 8840) and Ken Martin (1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590) while out on recent jaunts along the Berks/Wilts border.
Pre-Covid. It almost looks alien now with strangers rubbing shoulders at a crowded motoring event. The occasion was a vintage aircraft display at Old Warden aerodrome in August 2012. Two Minors attended, those belonging to Wilkinson and Lambert, both of whom were taking part in a Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) Tour that concluded at the airfield owned by the Shuttleworth Trust.
After a twelve and a half year sojourn in the Netherlands, VG 2007 a 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon has made a permanent return to the U.K. having been purchased by Tony Gamble, the well known Minor enthusiast from Selby, North Yorks. The car was first discovered in a Bungay barn in 2004 before being acquired by Halbe Tjepkema from the Hague in January 2008. Halbe completed a painstaking restoration of the car in 2018, the car making its public debut at the Networks ‘Pacesetters’ summer rally that year. (Photo: Halbe Tjepkema)
These two photographs were taken at approximately the same time and on the same day but clearly not in the same location. It’s said that it’s a long way to Tipperary, in this case about 400 miles from Tattenham Corner in Surrey. The weather in Clocully, County Tipperary as reported by Member Joe Rayner was “glorious” as he took his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater for a run on Sunday, while a thoroughly damp Epsom racecourse didn’t prevent Philip Butland (Wolseley Hornet) and Alister Reid (Humber Tourer) attending their regular monthly meet on the Surrey downs.
The wellbeing and mental health of the nation, following a prolonged period of lockdown, appears to be a topic high on many agendas at the moment. For Minorists, re-communing with the countryside while using our cars can’t fail to raise the spirits. This beautiful photograph of 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 set in the Wiltshire countryside is certainly uplifting. (Photo Ken Martin)
For the past five years at around this time the website receives images of Neale Elder‘s 1929 Minor special from Christchurch, New Zealand resident, John McDonald. Each year, Neale takes part in the Balcairn Trial held to the north of the city and it’s clear from the photographs that he drives his Minor enthusiastically whilst on piste. This year is no exception as can be seen in this great image taken last weekend.
Martin and Jean Gregory have recently moved to Somerset from Northamptonshire. The UK’s coronavirus lockdown regulations have meant that for the most part Martin’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) has had to remain in its new garage. However, following the recent easing of restrictions Martin has been able to begin to familiarise himself with the countryside around his new home, his Minor being the perfect vehicle for these meanderings.
During a summer when very little vintage motoring is taking place across the country, two Network members not only ventured forth onto the highways and by-ways, they remembered to take a camera with them! So thank you to the custodians of the saloons featured here, Dan Brockway (MV 6416) and Peter Brock (AAO 463). Dan described his trip into the beautiful Dorset countryside as a ‘plod’, while Peter’s Four-door Saloon is seen parked up outside his country retreat at Jesmond Dene.
This set of black & white and colour images were taken some forty years apart and perfectly illustrate the transition many of our cars undergo to arrive as survivors in the third decade of the 21st century. The 1932 McEvoy Minor Special (VK 6518) in question is currently owned by Sarah Gibson and has undergone a comprehensive rebuild while in her hands and is now an outstanding example of the model, which owes its form to the design skills of the Jensen brothers. Some forty years earlier the car was acquired by long-term Morris enthusiast David Saunders who found it in the 1960’s in the condition seen in the two b&w shots.
This photograph was found on the 100th Bomb Group Museum‘s Twitter feed and was taken by the museum’s curator on Saturday 9th June 2018. It depicts those entered for the 2018 PWMN Rally lined up alongside their cars immediately prior to the start of the Saturday tour. They are posing for the rally photo which, as is customary, is being taken by Kate Martin on the roof of the control tower, or as the Americans call it, the watchtower. (Photo courtesy of the 100th Bomb Group Museum)
On a very windy September day in 2011 a group of friends assembled with their Minors in the far east of Suffolk at Bawdsey, the intention being to visit the site of the secret WWII radar station housed in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor. For reasons that are now lost in the mist of time, the radar station visit didn’t take place but a march along the adjoining shingle beach cleared the previous night’s hangovers for all six concerned.
Reg Gammon was used as an illustrator by the Morris Owner magazine through the late nineteen twenties and into the thirties. He also worked for Temple Press, publishers of both the Light Car and Motor magazines throughout this same period. It’s no surprise to find that his talents were highly prized by these publications as his representations of cars, people and places are simple, yet skillfully applied. His obituary here makes for a very interesting read.
Two ‘saloonists’ have been taking advantage of the summer weather and the further easing of lockdown as a little needed excuse to exercise their cars. The top photo was taken by Tilly Yates, while husband Peter drove their 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) home as dusk was falling upon the Leicestershire countryside. Below, Ken Martin didn’t need to drive far to be deep in the Wiltshire downs, where he took this photo from the cabin of his 1930 Minor Saloon (VX 4590).
Slowly but surely some vintage motoring activities are returning. The Home Counties Section exercised three of their cars, meeting up on the downs at Epsom on Sunday, while other members simply took to the byways (OK, driveway in one case) for some high summer meandering around the lanes, keeping at least two-metres apart from other road users.
It’s amazing to think that it was five years ago that many Networkers (both past and present) took part in the Around The Edge Challenge. The aim was to circumnavigate England’s borders raising money for macmillan and other charities. The event took part in the spring of that year and here Avril and Tim Ovenden were photographed entering Winchelsea in their 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (KJ 3553) on a cold March morning.
Almost six years ago, the Network in conjunction with the Pre-war Austin Seven Club and The Automobile magazine organised The Minor – Seven Challenge. The event took place at the 100th Bomb Group’s Museum at Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk and took the form of a series of driving tests in which motoring journalist Matthew Bell thoroughly exercised an Austin Seven and a Morris Minor on the former WWII airfield. In this photo Matthew reverses the Austin Seven around a series of cones, with the photographer including Janie Maeers 1932 Minor Tourer (OY 3270) in the foreground. The resulting article appeared in the November 2014 edition of the magazine.
Bob Howden’s MG Midget (GY 8840) heads up this trio of open cars captured deep in the Wiltshire countryside during the 2019 Moonrakers’ Rally. Behind the MG is John Paternoster’s 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (SV 9091) while the Janie Maeers/Geof Wilson Tourer (VJ 1756) brings up the rear. (Photo Liz Thomas)
Friday 5th June was to have been the date that many Network members along with their cars, assembled in Hereforshire for the start of the 2020 Marches Rally. The spread of the coronavirus across the U.K. put paid to those plans leading to the postponement of the event until the same June weekend in 2021. Until then, keep safe. (Kate Martin photo)
Network member John McDonald from Christchurch, New Zealand reports that this 1933 Minor Saloon has recently sold for $NZ300, approximately £154! John was sorely tempted to buy the car himself but the almost 2000 kilometre round trip to the Bay of Islands persuaded him otherwise! Perhaps the new owner will discover this website and forum and tell us about his new acquisition?
The 2014 Old England Rally was centred upon Cavendish in Suffolk. The weather over the weekend was changeable and included a full blown thunderstorm on the Saturday morning. By mid-afternoon the sun shone once again and here in Lavenham Stuart and Glenda Clark have folded back the Kopalapso roof of their 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (WD 1430) while Andy Brown in his 1931 SV Minor Tourer (372 XUA) still didn’t trust the conditions and kept his hood firmly in the ‘up’ position! (Photo Ken Martin)
Robert Farnell from Yorkshire owns this red Morris Minor 5 cwt van (NSX 727) while new member Howard Annetts has recently purchased this 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (UR 4361). The car’s maiden voyage in Howard’s ownership was an inauspicious affair in that it expired with carburation issues just a mile from his Berkshire home. Both of these images are now resident in the appropriate gallery within the Members Area of the website.
Mick Robert’s restoration of the £100 Morris Minor prototype (JO 764) is now well under way. Repairs to the steel skin on the doors and scuttle have been made while some body timbers (of necessity) have been replaced and added to the frame. More images of the rebuild can be found on the website’s forum here.
Is the usage of old cars permitted following the easing of lockdown? It seems that the answer is ‘yes’, as long as they are being used to convey the individual(s) to an exercise destination. Alternatively, a trip to the post office, village food shop or supermarket also qualifies. There exist nothing in the guidelines relating to the ages of vehicles engaged in these activities.
Although lockdown has been eased slightly in England, it’s still very much in force across the rest of the U.K. If you are really keen to take a drive in your Minor, Midget or Hornet then it’s best to ensure that your car has wheels, an engine and at a stretch, a body. John Nagle doesn’t believe any of these ingrediants are vital, but making brum, brum sounds and grasping an imaginery steering wheel are definitely signs that things are getting desperate in Dorset.
The Network has had a continuous presence at the Spring Beaulieu event since 2009. In the early years Trevor Wilkinson and Chris Lambert manned the stall, even sleeping in the club gazebo on one particularly memorable, uncomfortable and very cold May weekend. From the look on stallholder Trevor Wilkinson’s face it was almost certainly the May 2010 event, the year this photo was taken. In more recent times Toby Sears has continued to fly the flag for the PWMN from his large stall in the Red field.
Mike Tebbett sent this photo of 1933 Morris Minor Saloon (VD 2631) which was taken on 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe. The car resides in Colwell, Worcs and is owned by Ian Wilson who purchased the car at a Brightwell’s auction in 2019. Meanwhile in Lymington, Hants Toby Sears had prepared his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) for it’s VE Day Anniversary outing, by providing a suitable fine mesh mask, this despite the uncertainty around their effectiveness.
Despite being only partially rebuilt, Tony Gamble‘s Minor Arrow Special (driven by his son) is seen here attempting a passing manoeuvre along the main street in the village of Burn, North Yorkshire. In fact, this wasn’t a clandestine Minor outing at all and was a planned part of Tony (& wife Christine’s) recent property move of just a few hundred yards.
The current coronavirus lockdown means that much of our life is on ‘pause’ at the moment. That of course includes many of our leisure activities and in particular those involving our old cars – it’s difficult to justify any trip out as an essential journey when the vehicle of choice is ninety years old! So here is a reminder from 2009 of what we used to do in the early springtime. This photo was taken at the VSCC‘s Light Car Welsh Weekend on 28th March 2009. Here Sue Pimms (formerly Woodward) is about to leave section seven of the Sunday trial in her 1930 OHC engined Morris Minor Two-seater (BR 8606), but not before sharing a joke with the marshalls, one of whom is former Minor owner, Jeremy Evans. Happy days.
This Morris Minor Family Four-door Saloon (MYB 5060) left the Morris Motors Cowley plant in 1933 and was immediately exported. It’s destination was Bangalore in India where it has spent the last 87 years in the custodianship of one family. The car is now in the care of family member, Mrs Usha Devi, for whom we must thank for permitting member Kartik Lunia to pass the photographs on to us here. It’s quite possible that this is the only surving long-wheelbase Minor model in the sub-continent. The car is also an award winner as two of these photographs clearly indicate.
The PWMN’s 2012 Rally was based upon the New Forest National Park and was hosted by Toby & Linda Sears. It was also the first Network rally to be located away from the East of England. Rally HQ was situated at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum while the rally dinner was held in the Bistro Restaurant at the Hoseason’s Shorefield Park site. Here, on an overcast day, Andrew and Sue Batey in their 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (BPB 357), pull into the Station House Tea Rooms in Tiptoe for a cream tea around 4:00 PM on Saturday 16th June.
The FBHVC’s annual Drive-it-Day event is usually a celebration of classic and vintage motoring. Not so in 2020, with Coronavirus lock-down regulations in place across the whole of the United Kingdom. While some made at least a token gesture of driving their historic vehicles out of their garages and into the brilliant spring sunshine, others, including members Chris Healey and Andy Brown kept the dust sheets on their Minors, while awaiting the easing of the current restrictions.
The SU carburettors fitted to all Minor models were supplied without air filters attached, something that very shortly after the Minor ceased production was considered a necessity by car manufacturers. This topic is currently receiving an airing on the Network’s forum pages where practicality, innovation and what seems like quantum physics are playing out on one thread. In this photo Joe Rayner‘s innovative approach (left & middle images) go head to head with the more traditional method adopted by Trevor Wilkinson (r/h photo).
There have been very few upsides to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has made on all our lives. The current ‘lock-down’ means there are periods when time can weigh heavily, unless of course you are restoring your car. There no longer exists the need to mutter “I’m just going to spend ten minutes in the garage”, before guiltily stretching ten minutes to sixty, as all other non-garage time obstacles are probably banned for the time being. It certainly looks as if Haydon Edwards in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been making hay, as progress on his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater is clearly visible in this shot of XVV 334.
With cars ltucked away in garages for the duration, not too much is going-on in the PWMN world – or is that really the case? Some members are using the opportunity to press-on with long postponed updates and renovations. If you are making progress on a restoration, share the landmarks with some of the 300+ plus Discussion Forum members by joining us here.
Tony Gamble is currently building an Arrow Minor Special replica utilising a body built by Garry Waiting. In the early thirties the West London based coachbuilder, A.P. Compton & Co constructed plenty of these bodies for the Morris Minor chassis at their former tram depot works in Hanwell. Progress on Tony’s car had slowed of late as he and his wife Christine were planning on moving house this month, only for these plans to be scuppered by the coronavirus epidemic. Maybe this unfortunate setback will enable Tony to unpack some of his tools and press on with the build while he (and the rest of us) wait for calmer waters.
Member Alan Taylor submitted this great shot of his 1932 Morris ‘Eight’ Cunard Calshot special for inclusion in the updated Members’ Cars gallery. Over 120 images now reside there, many of them recently updated. Is your car among them? If not, submit a suitable (owner + car) image to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Members’ Cars section of the website is long overdue an update, with vehicles having changed hands and recent members not providing a photo as yet. As most of us have plenty of enforced time on our hands at the moment it does provide us with a golden opportunity to update our car’s gallery image. An adjunct to this request is that you include yourself in the photo, which may prove to be something of a hurdle for some, but this is a task where partners truly can play a role in your passion/pastime/hobby! Andy Brown was quick off the mark and submitted this image of his recently re-registered 1931 SV Minor Tourer (GFZ 778). Thanks Andy. Please submit your new photo(s) to email@example.com
Peter Brock from Newcastle-upon-Tyne owns this much travelled 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463). Sadly, Peter will not be using his car for the foreseeable future as his one per-day permitted ‘away from base’ exercise period excludes that option – unless of course he drives there? Alternatively, he could push his car up and down his drive, which would provide a very good cardio work-out!
In view of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency it has been deemed necessary to cancel the Network’s 2020 Rally which was to be held over the weekend 3rd-5th June. Plans are being made to retain the same venue for the 2021 event, thus ensuring that those entered for 2020 will eventually get to see the beautiful border country through which the rally’s tours pass.
Despite the fact that it looks like a proportion of us are about to be placed in Coronavirus isolation for an extended period there still remains some time to have fun in our cars before the doors finally clang shut! Non-qualifiers in respect of age, Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson, set the example in Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) ‘Prudence’ recently, taking to the Leicestershire byways to enjoy the spring weather.
Following the recent heightened U.K. Government warning concerning the Coronavirus threat, those organising the Network’s June rally have discussed a number of possible resulting scenarios. These include complete cancellation or a postponement until later in the year. A final decision will be announced on 28th March.
Tony Gamble from Selby, North Yorks is to be the the new owner of award winning 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon VG 2007. Halbe Tjepkema reports that the car sold within 36 hours of its appearance on the Network’s home page and forum. DZ-50-41 will lose its Dutch identity in April when the car is shipped back across the North Sea.
Halbe Tjepkema from The Hague has placed his 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (DZ-50-41 ex VG 2007) for sale. The car was recovered from a Bungay, Suffolk barn in January 2008 and was subjected to a sympathetic and meticulous ten year restoration program. The finished car made its debut at the 2018 PWMN ‘Pacesetters’ Rally in Suffolk. Full details can be found on the website’s forum.
Networkers Martin and Jean Gregory have recently moved house from Northants to Somerset. The logistical problem of getting both the ‘modern’ and 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) to Somerset on the same day was resolved by the hiring of a vehicle transporter specialist who used this enclosed trailer to carry out the task.
In the July 2017 edition of Morris Monthly, Morris Register historian Tom Bourne, proved conclusively that the three known designs built around a shortened long-wheel-base Minor chassis were originally destined to become the revised Minor range for the 1934 model season. This trio of photos features the Two-seater model and illustrates clearly the repositioning (further forward) of the radiator. These non-adopted designs are now universally referred to as the ‘Ugly Duckling’ range. (Photos: Morris Register archive)
1933 (’34 season) Minor Two-seater (UD 5774) has recently appeared on the market and is currently being listed for sale by a trader in Bicester. This car underwent a complete and thorough restoration between 2012 and 2015. At that time, the owner established a thread on this website’s forum to record the car’s progress back to road-worthiness. Any prospective buyers may wish to check this out by joining our forum here.